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April 26/23 22:35 pm - Tour of the Gila: Men Stage 1 results

Posted by Editoress on 04/26/23

Miguel Angel López flew up the Mogollon climb to victory Wednesday on Stage 1 of the 36th Tour of the Gila, taking the overall red race leader’s jersey by 59 seconds and putting the peloton on notice as the man to beat in the UCI men’s competition.

The Colombian, a World Tour rider who has won a stage in the Tour de France, and his team, Team Medellín – EPM, worked to pull back a breakaway and launch López onto the final climb with just a few kilometers to go. From there, the man who was stabbed in the leg at age 16 while fending off bike thieves, never saw another competitor until many of them collapsed after crossing the finish line.

“It was a beautiful day, and thank you to my teammates, Óscar, Walter, Duarte, to all who fought hard in the race,” López said. “They have done a great job, controlled the race very well, and Óscar was telling me about the climb from previous years, so he was describing it kilometer by kilometer.”

Attacks began flying from the start of the race, but nothing stuck as the riders went over and down rolling hills. A bunch sprint ensued on the first time bonus at mile 18 when Cade Bickmore (Project Echelon Racing) launched. His team had attacked at the front in the miles leading up to the sprint. Brayan Sanchez (Team Medellín – EPM) followed in second, and Stefan Verhoeff (Universe Cycling Team) picked up third.

Nearly 16 kilometres later three riders planned a getaway: Gregory Talpey (Expeditors Elite), Joey Bacala (Landis-Trek) and Spencer Miller (Kelly Benefits Strategies Cycling). Verhoeff and William Goodfellow (Yoeleo Factory Team) bridged and made the group a pack of five staying off the front with a gap consistently hovering around a one minute for 68 kilometres, or nearly half the race.

The break lit themselves up for the second bonus sprint with Verhoeff taking first-place points, Goodfellow in second and Talpey in third. With it, Verhoeff secured the green sprinter’s jersey.

“It’s a good start of this stage race in the U.S., looking forward to the next stages,” Verhoeff said. “We have three climbers with us, so we hope to get them in the front the other days, and me to defend this green jersey.”

Around 40 km to go, the peloton put the pressure on and reeled in the break, instigating another break: Liam Flanagan and Patrick Welch (Kelly Benefits Strategies Cycling) and Ignacio “Nacho” de Jesús Prado Juárez (Canel’s – ZEROUNO).

They pushed their lead out to one minute and 30 seconds before Team Medellín – EPM and other teams at the front worked to bring it back. With just two miles to go, López closed the gap to Prado Juárez and began his campaign of putting everyone in a world of hurt until the top.

“We all trained very hard, and [Óscar] told me I had to attack when there were only four kilometers left, and we did it there and in the end, we won,” López said. “I think we deserve the victory because of the great work and sacrifice of our colleagues in our daily routines.”

Torbjorn Røed (Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling Team), who won Stage 1 in 2022, crossed the line in second place, followed by Ricky Arnopol (Project Echelon Racing) in third who nipped Heiner Parra Bustamante (Canel’s – ZEROUNO) at the line and Eduardo Corte Cordero (Canel’s – ZEROUNO) in fifth.

López said he and his team are ready to fight to keep the red overall race leader’s jersey for tomorrow.

“No, I think controlling the race tomorrow, we won’t have any problems,” said López, who also won the polka dot king of the mountains jersey. “I believe we have a great team, experienced people, great individuals, and colleagues, and in the end, it won’t be complicated. We can control it day by day.”

The white best young rider jersey went to Caleb Classen (Team California).
Tour of the Gila press release


Stage 1: Mogollon Road Race, 148 km
1 Miguel Lopez Moreno (Col) Team Medellin - EPM 3:50:09
2 Torbjorn Andre Roed (Nor) Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World at 0:55
3 Richard Arnopol (USA) Project Echelon Racing 1:04
4 Heiner Parra Bustamante (Col) Canel's - Zerouno s.t.
5 Eduar Corte Cordero (Mex) Canel's - Zerouno 1:12
6 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Toronto Hustle 1:15
7 Drake Deuel (USA) CS Velo Racing 1:17
8 Efren Santos Moreno (Mex) Canel's - Zerouno 1:20
9 Caleb Classen (USA) Team California  
10 Jack Burke (Can) Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World both s.t.
11 Kieran Haug (USA) CS Velo Racing 1:32
12 Oscar Sevilla (Esp) Team Medellin - EPM 1:36
13 Steven Willemsen (Ned) Universe Cycling Team 1:38
14 Alex Hoehn (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World 1:52
15 Alexander White (NZl) Aevolo Cycling 1:57
16 Lars Quaedvlieg (Ned) Universe Cycling Team 2:02
17 Matthew Zimmer (USA) Project Echelon Racing 2:22
18 Owen Wright (USA) Team George's Cycles  
19 Kenny Nijssen (Ned) Universe Cycling Team both s.t.
20 Samuel Gilletly (USA) Landis Cyclery/Trek 2:30
21 William Cooper (USA) CS Velo Racing 2:43
22 Tobias Klein (USA) Aevolo Cycling s.t.
23 Robigzon Oyola (Col) Team Medellin - EPM 2:50
24 Ethan Moyer (USA) Rio Grande Elite Cycling 3:08
25 Stephen Schaefer (USA) Landis Cyclery/Trek s.t.
26 Brooks Wienke (USA) Aevolo Cycling 3:16
27 Carson Miles (Can) Toronto Hustle 3:27
28 Conn McDunphy (Irl) 3:39
29 Alexander Martinek (USA) Team George's Cycles 3:44
30 Kaler Marshall (USA) Expeditors Elite 3:51
31 William Hardin (USA) Project Echelon Racing 3:57
32 Ignaci Prado Juarez (Mex) Canel's - Zerouno 4:04
33 Lewis Whiley (USA) Expeditors Elite 4:09
34 Walter Vargas (Col) Team Medellin - EPM 4:19
35 Sean Hollenbeck (USA) Expeditors Elite s.t.
36 Darren Piotrow (USA) Yoeleo Factory Team 4:30
37 Ian Witkowski (USA) Landis Cyclery/Trek 4:33
38 Joshua Lebo (USA) CS Velo Racing 4:34
39 Ethan Dunham (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World 4:40
40 Taj Krieger (USA) Rio Grande Elite Cycling 4:42
41 Wells Sky Willett (USA) Team George's Cycles 5:01
42 Connor Pulvidente (USA) Primal-Audi Denver 5:06
43 James Hilyer (USA) Rio Grande Elite Cycling 5:08
44 Andrew Strohmeyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling  
45 Patton Sims (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling both s.t.
46 Juan Rivas Guerrero (Mex) Canel's - Zerouno 5:13
47 Matthew Rowe (USA) Rio Grande Elite Cycling 5:18
48 Nathan Smith (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk Development 5:28
49 Aden Wardrop (USA) 5:34
50 Brayan Sanchez (Col) Team Medellin - EPM 5:36
51 Quinten De Graeve (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk Development 5:48
52 Jack Tanner (USA) Primal-Audi Denver 6:03
53 Cade Bickmore (USA) Project Echelon Racing s.t.
54 Jordan Miller (USA) Landis Cyclery/Trek 6:05
55 Samuel Hausmann (USA) Rio Grande Elite Cycling 6:13
56 John Collier (USA) Team George's Cycles 6:18
57 Daniel Kalichman (Can) Toronto Hustle 6:25
58 Evan Larson (USA) Team California 6:35
59 Nathan Spratt (USA) Yoeleo Factory Team 6:42
60 Luke Arens (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World 6:54
61 Caleb Landgrebe (USA) Landis Cyclery/Trek 7:13
62 Antonio Polga (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk Development 7:16
63 Cormac Mcgeough (Irl) Canel's - Zerouno 7:28
64 Johnathan Hsu (USA) Expeditors Elite s.t.
65 Christian Deschamps (USA) Aevolo Cycling 7:36
66 Evan Boyle (USA) Aevolo Cycling 7:53
67 Caedan Aveling (USA) 8:14
68 Colby Lange (USA) Project Echelon Racing s.t.
69 Logan Lakot Phippen (USA) Team Novo Nordisk Development 8:20
70 Matthew Moncur (USA) Team George's Cycles s.t.
71 Amir Danel (Isr) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling 8:41
72 Garin Kelley (USA) Team California  
73 Jose Reyes Morales (Mex) Canel's - Zerouno  
74 Spencer Miller (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling  
75 Stefan Verhoeff (Ned) Universe Cycling Team  
76 Taylor Warren (USA) CS Velo Racing all s.t.
77 Patrick Welch (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling 8:49
78 Tyler Thorp (USA) Primal-Audi Denver 8:55
79 Tom Wijfje (Ned) Universe Cycling Team 9:10
80 David Drouin (Can) Yoeleo Factory Team 9:18
81 Ryan Primeau (Can) Yoeleo Factory Team 9:22
82 Ethan Sittlington (Can) Toronto Hustle  
83 Evan Burtnik (Can) Toronto Hustle  
84 Jacob Longo (USA) all s.t.
85 Michael Bouwkamp (USA) Primal-Audi Denver 9:39
86 Anthony Hilligoss (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling 9:58
87 Chris Ernst (Can) Toronto Hustle 10:15
88 Jarri Stravers (Ned) Universe Cycling Team 10:24
89 Stephen Vogel (USA) Project Echelon Racing 10:53
90 William Goodfellow (Can) Yoeleo Factory Team 10:56
91 Orion Child (USA) Aevolo Cycling 11:02
92 Gregory Talpey (USA) Expeditors Elite 11:06
93 Luca Haines (USA) Team California 11:21
94 Matthew Hepworth (USA) Team George's Cycles 11:25
95 Robert Smallman (USA) Team George's Cycles 11:36
96 Kylen Solvik (USA) Primal-Audi Denver 11:50
97 Allan Schroeder (USA) CS Velo Racing 12:05
98 Theodor Obholzer (GBr) s.t.
99 Santillanes Garcia (Mex) 12:10
100 Theodore De Groote (Can) Toronto Hustle 12:22
101 Stephen Jam Maddock (USA) Expeditors Elite s.t.
102 Keelan Ontiveros (USA) Expeditors Elite 12:25
103 Justin Mcquerry (USA) Team Novo Nordisk Development 12:30
104 Arroyo Del Castillo, (Mex) Team California 13:13
105 Ian Barrett (USA) Primal-Audi Denver 14:20
106 Iver Skaarseth (Nor) Above and Beyond Cancer Cycling p/b Bike World s.t.
107 John Borstelmann (USA) CS Velo Racing 14:33
108 Liam Flanagan (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies Cycling 14:47
109 Zach Gregg (USA) Project Echelon Racing 15:01
110 Henry York (USA) Rio Grande Elite Cycling 15:08
111 Przemyslaw Kotulski (Pol) Team Novo Nordisk Development 16:41
112 Andrew Frank (USA) Team California 17:05
113 Caleb Bender (Can) Team California 17:22
114 Matan Sopher (USA) Yoeleo Factory Team 23:42
115 Joseph Bacala (USA) Landis Cyclery/Trek 23:47
DNF Fabio Duarte (Col) Team Medellin - EPM
DNF Cole Thomas Amaya (USA) Yoeleo Factory Team
DNS Doriand Percrule (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk Development


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